Historic High Country / Chatsworth

Chief Vann House State Historic Site

82 Hwy. 225 N.
Chatsworth, GA 30705

  • Chief Vann House

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  • Dining room at Christmas

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  • Chief Van House Museum

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  • Chief Van House Museum

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  • Chief Van House Museum

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  • Chief Van House Bedroom

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Called the "Showplace of the Cherokee Nation," this two-story classic mansion is one of the best-preserved Cherokee plantation homes. Built by James Vann in 1804, it was the first brick home within the Cherokee Nation. The mansion is decorated with beautiful hand carvings and features a remarkable floating staircase along with many fine antiques.

Feared by many and loved by few, Vann was both a hero and a rogue, and he was responsible for bringing the Moravian missionaries into the Cherokee Nation to build schools. Yet, he killed his brother-in-law in a duel, fired a pistol at dinner guests through the floor of an upstairs bedroom, and once even shot at his own mother. Vann himself was shot and killed at a local tavern in 1809. His son, Joseph, inherited the home and went on to become a Cherokee statesman. The Georgia Militia evicted Rich Joe Vann in 1835 for having unknowingly violated a new law making it illegal for Indians to hire whites.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $6

    Group rates available with advance notice. Call 706-695-2598

    Seniors (62+) $5.50

    Youth (ages 6-17) $4

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    Parking on Site

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Vann House Days - 19th Century Cherokee History

    Vann House Days - 19th Century Cherokee History

    07/28/2018 - 07/29/2018

    Local craftspeople will demonstrate a variety of 19th century skills such as candle dipping, blacksmithing, weaving, quilting, spinning wool, chair caning, black-powder shooting, and much more. The Vann Mansion, Cherokee Farmstead and museum will be open for self-guided tours.

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